The carousel recently installed at Bowling Green Ballpark is now open for rides.
The Hot Rods held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the carnival ride during the middle of the 1st inning of Friday’s game against the Great Lakes Loons. The carousel is 28 feet wide and has 16 horses and other animals to ride. It will be in operation during all Hot Rods home games.
Unfortunately for the Hot Rods, the carousel ceremony was the highlight of the night for them, as they lost 9-2 to the Loons. Great Lakes starting pitcher Joe Broussard improved to 3-2 after limiting Bowling Green to one run on two hits and no walks while striking out seven in five innings. The Loons offense was led by Jacob Scavuzzo, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a sacrifice fly.
The Hot Rods wore throwback jerseys modeled after those of the Bowling Green Barons, who played from 1939 to 1942 as part of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (often referred to as the Kitty League). The Class D team won the league title in 1939 and had the league’s best overall record in 1940. The league disbanded due to low finances and World War II travel restrictions, leaving Bowling Green without a professional baseball team until the Hot Rods began playing there in 2009. The Hot Rods were part of the South Atlantic League in their inaugural season, and moved (along with the Lake County Captains) to the Midwest League in 2010.